MQII-UP East conducted the Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz peace conference and educational conclave at Bagahi Eidgah Maidan, Kanpur on 6th March and SSC Academy, Khurram Nagar, Lucknow on 7th March respectively.
The prominent guests who addressed the audience included Maulana Ubaidullah Khan Azmi (ex-member of Rajya Sabha), Maulana Syed Muhammad Ashraf Ashrafi (AIUMB), Maulana Hashim Ashrafi (AIUMB), Habib Ahmed Al-Hussaini (founder of Al-Hidayah organization), Dr. Hafeez ur-Rahman (Assistant Professor, JNU, New Delhi), and Sameer Siddiqui (IAS Coach)
Addressing the gathering, renowned speaker Sameer Siddiqui stated that 21st-century technological advancements have posed new challenges, and equipping our new generation with the right education is the way forward for facing these challenges. He stated that Muslims were at the forefront of efforts to spread knowledge in the past and there is a need to revive the culture of knowledge once again.
Maulana Obaidullah Azmi stated that Minhaj ul Quran's initiatives in the field of education will bring a revolution for Indian Muslims. Prominent Sufi saints like Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz (RA) promoted the culture of knowledge and interfaith harmony and these virtues are needed in our times to make our world peaceful.
Maulana Habib Ahmed Al-Hussaini said that knowledge is the only way out of the current situation of crisis and Muslims should gain knowledge and be ready to travel far away distances if needed to gain a quality education.
Dr. Faiz Idrissi stated that we should take lessons from history in order to improve our present situation and gaining knowledge and righteous character are integral to improving the status of Ummah.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri also addressed the conference from Canada via video message and congratulated the organizers for taking up this noble cause.
The speakers highlighted the teachings of prominent Sufi Saint Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti (RA) in reviving Islamic teachings through the service of mankind and stressed the importance of serving the people through educational and social service projects.
Saiyed Nad-e-Ali, Qazi Sami, Qazi Saidul Haq, Zeeshan Khan Niyazi, Sayyed Arshad, Nawaz Khan, Shahnawaz Khan, Abdul Ahad Khan were also present during the event.
During this program, there was also an announcement of Minhaj Polyclinic for free treatment of patients, free ambulance service, and a community kitchen service (Langarkhana) for providing food at Rs. 10 to the poor people and a foundation stone for Minhaj public school in Kanpur.
Minhaj Educational Conclave